meet the team


Rob recently moved to Devon from the Midlands, and has worked for Barnardo’s and other charities for many years in loads of different roles.Rob likes walking his 4 dogs on the South West coast path, has been a vegetarian for more than 20 years, and likes films from the 50s and 60s but doesn’t have a TV.

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Gemma Blackmore

I joined Barnardos HYPE in February 2020. Previously I was a secondary school teacher of Health and Social Care and Child Development at GCSE and A Level along with an additional role as Young Carers Champion. I have a passion for allowing young people to have a voice and influencing change within health services to make them more young person friendly.

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I joined HYPE in July 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic which weirdly has created many positive outcomes for me both personally and professionally. Having previously worked in CAMHS and education, HYPE gives me the opportunity to work alongside families and young people to voice their opinions. If you’re like me and enjoy variety and versatility as well as fun then this is the place to be!

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My name is Rhi and I am the project admin for the Plymouth HYPE team. I graduated Plymouth University in 2019 after studying Education Studies. My goal was to go on to be a teacher after studying, but my time at University showed me the importance of services outside of Education and gave me a passion for supporting and helping children and young people. I joined the HYPE team in May 2020 and am loving being involved in such an empowering service for young people!